Mother nature can ruin your business. We know this to be true after the recent hurricanes that have destroyed so many areas. Now is an optimal moment to take some time to make sure your business is well-prepared to meet anything that Mother nature might throw at it.
A sobering statistic underlines the importance of being prepared: The National Archives and Record Administration recently reported that more than 90% of companies going through a major disaster experience a minimum of seven days of downtime. An even more disturbing fact is that too many of those businesses close within 12 months.
Preparing for your company to survive a natural disaster is called a business continuity plan. What measures do you have in place for your business to continue operations in the face of a natural disaster, and is your plan designed to keep expensive downtime at a minimum? Without a business continuity plan in place, your company will be like a house built on a sandbar in a river; it’s just a matter of time before floodwaters take everything out.
There are three steps to creating a sold business continuity plan.
When it comes to planning, you must think about the worst-case scenario. Having first aid kits handy and communication of evacuation procedures to everyone is a big part of the plan. A good business continuity plan goes beyond the disaster event; it also takes into consideration what needs to happen to get operations back online as soon as possible. This includes having a way to communicate with your customers that you have experienced a disaster, along with how long you expect it to take to get up and running again.
If priority one is the safety of your people, then priority two is the preservation of your data. An office building is often associated as the biggest risk from a natural disaster because it’s most visible; but your building can be insured and rebuilt, however, your data cannot be bought back with any amount of insurance money. Once your data is lost, you may figuratively be up the creek.
Preserving your company’s irreplaceable information is what a backup and disaster recover solution is for. A BDR will backup all your network’s data multiple times throughout the day, and store it at a secure offsite location or in the cloud. This way, even if your office is destroyed, you will can still access your important data. While you recover, you can use the BDR to access your needed files and keep operations humming.
With your business continuity plan in place, you will now want to test it regularly. This means holding fire drills, making sure that your employee’s emergency contact numbers are up to date, and checking to make sure that your data backup solution is doing its job. It takes effort to do a fire drill and update contact forms, but with a service provider like Erb’s Technology Solutions managing your backup solution, you can rest assured that your data will be properly backed up and accessible no matter what kind of disaster nature hurls at you.
Being prepared for a disaster is the difference between your business surviving a crisis, or having your life’s work blown away. Erb’s Technology Solutions can help you implement a disaster recovery solution and business continuity plan. Contact us at 319-364-5159, firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a review of your business and learn what you will need to be ready for anything.